It appears that Athena has reconciled herself to the Texas-sized throw-rug. She has also discovered, as cats are wot to do, that by flopping in this corner, she can obstruct traffic between the kitchen, living room, den, and library.
No matter what happens, the cat will find a way. She also gets drive-by petting.
I really do think I need to pick up a set of those little traffic cones that they use when teaching pre-schoolers how to ride tricycles.